According to the Directorate of Education, students seeking admission to entry-level classes in private schools under the EWS, DG, and CWSN categories will now be permitted to select an establishment within a 3-km range of their address rather than the previous 1-km as its first option.
As per reports, the government discovered that applicants who live in an area within 1 km of a specific school are typically chosen in the automated draw of lots, and opportunities for those who live between 1km to 3 km from the school are reduced because many of the seats end up occupied.
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This measure aims to give more applicants who fall within the EWS, DG, and CWSN categories equal access to enrol in nearby private schools. The DoE has approved the step to give 0 to 3 kilometres first preference over 0 to 1 km in order to favour worthy eligible candidates.
The RTE Act of 2009 mandates that students from disadvantaged groups, weaker sections of society, and those with special needs be admitted to all private, unaided, recognised schools in amounts equivalent to at least 25% of the enrollment in entry-level classes.